Grange over Sands
In Grange over Sands the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church are working towards being one church. We are sharing all our services together while we work out the future of our two buildings. Our current arrangement is to meet in the URC building in even-numbered months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) and in the Methodist building in odd-numbered months (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov). If you find yourself at the wrong place, do not fear – both are on Kents Bank Road, only 3 minutes walk apart.
Our regular activities:
9.30 – 10.30am Toast Church : our lively and informal gathering of families and children, always in the Methodist hall. Parents are encouraged to stay. We start with toast and jam, then songs, stories and craft in the hall. For those able to stay until around 10.45, we then join with the 10.30 congregation until about 10.45. Toast Church usually does not meet during the school holidays.Toast Church has its own facebook page where you will find details of any breaks in the programme. Mos of our members dont come every week and even if you are only in town for a short while you would be wlcome to join us (there is always plenty of toast.)
10.30-11.30am Morning Service: usually following a fairly traditional pattern of hymns, prayers, readings and sermon, with Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month. Refreshments are served in the hall after the service. We are a broad mix of ages with a leaning towards the senior. On most Sundays the 10:30 congregation is 90-100 people.
6pm-7pm Taize service once a month on the third Sunday evening of the month. (not Easter Day)
EVENING SERVICE – something fresh for Spring 2019
In March, starting on Sunday 17th, we are beginning a new style of monthly evening service. It will appeal to you especially if you like to sing, if you enjoy stillness in worship and if appreciate space for something peaceful.
We are using the style of the Taizé Community in France. This Community welcomes thousands of visitors every year from all over the world and has developed a beautiful meditative style of worship service, based around reflective short prayer songs, silence and simplicity.
Anyone can join in. We will learn the songs together and over the next few months, use these as the basis of our services. The idea is that the songs are sung repeatedly and prayerfully, so that they do indeed become sung prayers for us. There is also a time for lighting candles, short readings and short spoken prayers and some silence. We will be accompanied by several instruments.
Our first Taizé service will be at 6pm in the Methodist Church on 17th March. Come and be refreshed through music and silence.
10.30am-12noon community coffee morning: every week in the Methodist Hall.
10:15 (or close to that time) every Wednesday a prayer time will be held in the church. this is especially mindful of our need to hold the people of our churches and our future work in prayer.
10.30am-11am monthly quiet communion service: on the third Wednesday each month, in the Methodist Church
10.30am-11am weekly service: in the URC hall
5.30pm-7.30pm (monthly on the Saturday between 13th and 19th) The Well: A gathering for sharing conversation and creative things to do. It’s not ‘churchy’, and a simple meal is provided. Come on your own, come with a friend, come with children – all ages welcome.
Rev'd Martyn Coe (URC)
Rev'd Jo Rand (Methodist)
If you want to contact the minister at Grange click to e mail The Rev'd Jo Rand